"I was scared, I did not know who these people were, I did not know where they were, I did not know if they would come to find me," Dumpson told CNN in an exclusive television interview.
And finally she decided to fight back.
Not with their own threats or accession to the vitriol, but to sue for justice. Their quest to challenge the anonymous trolls led to something that no one had predicted: a personal apology.
"People are thinking about protests and advocacy, lobbying or other things," Dumpson said about ways to fight hatred. "Litigation can also be an instrument for social change," she said.
Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin encouraged trolls to attack Dumpson as the first African-American student to succeed Washington University's American University after her historic victory in May 2017. She was black, she was a woman and she was outstanding at university – all that white Supremacists hate.
Anglin did not respond to the lawsuit against him and his high-traffic neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, even if it cost $ 725,000 Against him, the place and another troll was convicted – money Dumpson might never see becomes. And no one has ever been identified as the hanger of the lynched bananas on the campus of the AU, a clear indication of America's murderous racist past and a method of intimidation.
But one of the people who hated them was not afraid of justice, instead he offered to repent. His attacks were anything but the worst that Dumpson had received, but he was the only one who took responsibility.
Dumpson wanted someone, a real person who does not hide behind an avatar or sneaking around the campus, to be held responsible for the very real terror they do suffered from anonymous hate. She was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as she was repeatedly abused. She wanted a semblance of closure.
But she also believes in restorative justice. The chance for her and her troll to meet could give another person the opportunity to change his heart.
"I needed him to understand this: I'm a real person, I have real feelings, they have real effects" It's not just words and you're not just mean things. It's bigger than that, "she said, agreeing not to name or shame the man, who would not reveal the words they exchanged when they finally met face to face.
You would hardly talk about how it felt.
"It was an exhausting moment," she said, but it was worth it.
"That's why I could look him in the eye and because I'm firmly convinced that that people can change. "Dumpson said," I had to remember, I have to believe they would win if I did not. "
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